My Best Friend

Chelsea PostThis is Chelsea, and I want to take a moment to talk about her.

She’s an incredible, beautiful and godly woman.

If you were to ask me to explain why she’s my best friend, I would ask you how much time you have.

Her and I have been through so much together. We look back on things that seemed monumental, and just laugh. We have had our fair share of arguing, break-ups and reconciliation. We have also shared many laughs and inside jokes.

I couldn’t ask for a better best friend. Or as Chelsea puts it: I could, but I probably wouldn’t get one.

I love her sense of humor and her ability to understand the heart of the matter, rather than only seeing the surface material.

We’ve walked through so many life situations together. Like the time that I forced her to watch a sad movie with me, knowing she hated sad movies. When it got to the worst part, she got upset. I slammed the computer shut and went to bed and she left and went home rather than staying the night. We look back and shake our heads at how silly we were.

We’ve had a couple friendship “break-ups”, which have mostly been me thinking “You want to be a missionary, and once you graduate you’re going to leave me and never talk to me again, so why should we be friends!?”…talk about commitment issues! Thankfully we’ve worked through that (a couple of times).

Speaking of being a missionary: Chelsea is one of those people that does the impossible. Most new missionaries with the CMA church go through a two-year process inside the country, she somehow managed to get to the other side of the world to freezing Mongolia for hers. She’s a go-getter, she doesn’t quit and she doesn’t settle. Those are all things that I highly admire. They are things that make me sure she will go far in life.

We’ve come to understand that our friendship has prepared us both for marriage in so many ways. We’ve learned to be there for each other, especially when it isn’t easy to be. We’ve learned to ask the hard questions and give honest answers. We’ve learned to assume the best and give copious amounts of grace. We’ve learned to take the good with the bad, and love each other anyways.

She is one of few people that I’m willing to ask, “What are a couple things I need to work on?” and trust that she will give me an honest, and yet loving response. Yes, we actually do this for each other.IMG_6110

Do you understand what I mean by “How much time do you have?” I’m only getting started!

But I will end here, because I don’t have enough time to write my first book right now.

When you ask me why we’re best friends, I could give you one hundred and one reasons why.  She’s stubborn and impulsive, but she’s also determined and sincere and I love her for all of it.

I’m writing all of this, because sometimes we take the people in our lives for granted. We accept it as something we deserve, but in no way do I deserve having an amazing woman like Chelsea in my life.

Who are you thankful for today? Take the time to tell them why.

Have a blessed day!



Praising Him Anyways

It started with a migraine, and escalated from there.

I’ve been having one of those days. If you’re a human being, you know exactly what I’m talking about. You find yourself feeling defeated before the day is half over and are prepared to stop trying.

I made a to-do list before going to sleep last night so that I would remember all of the things I wanted to accomplish today. It was a pretty significant list. It’s probably a little sad that I was excited to get to it…

Truthfully, this day started with a big decision I have had to make over the past couple days. Several things have happened, and in short, I had to decide if I was going to leave Honduras on the 19th of August, or stay for another 7 weeks. As I have talked about in the past couple of posts, I am ready to return to Ohio. I have realized that I planned my life around Honduras, without first seeking God. Now my dreams and heart for this country are changing.

So I basically came to the conclusion, that if this isn’t where I am supposed to be, then why am I still here?

I had to make a decision, and I didn’t have very much time to decide.

After a lot of prayer, thought and lists, I made a decision.

We were having parent meetings yesterday after classes and I went to them knowing that I was going to finish the rest of these 3 months. I made a commitment and I wanted to stick to it.

I woke up this morning at seven o’clock, due to a migraine. I wasn’t able to sleep after that. I had my devotional time, and pulled out my computer to do some writing. I needed to take medication for my migraine, but also needed to eat first. I was nauseous from the migraine, therefore I couldn’t eat yet. This migraine left me to sitting in bed, eyeing over Pinterest and reading. Meanwhile, my to-do list was sitting on my night table, just staring at me, waiting to be started.

Finally, around ten, I got up and made french toast. Took some medication and was feeling prepared to clean and work. I had to tell a few people about my decision to stay first, and that was a difficult time. Some of those conversations are what motivated me to get working. Cleaning is good for my thinking process. I have realized that I need to stop looking for the support and approval of others. Matthew 6:33 says, ” Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well” (NCV). I need to stop worrying about the decisions I make, as long as they are pleasing to God. He will provide for my needs, as long as I am seeking Him first.

So my day truly started moving. I cleaned my bathroom (shower included, which is quite a chore), did the dishes, cleaned and swept my bedroom, and tidied my living room. The problem was that I had the water running in my pila so that I could later do laundry, although I didn’t feel like doing it. Once I got going on my list, I forgot about the pila. I was in the middle of doing dishes and my thoughts were flowing freely when I started to hear my name being called. Then I heard a knock on the door and I finally went to answer it. 

Water everywhere. 

Luckily, I have awesome neighbors who saw it and came to turn it off. Water all over the floor outside my apartment and others, and running through spouts to the second floor. Praise God I live in a place where things dry quickly! I face-palmed several times and went back to the dishes beginning to laugh a little bit.

With all this water, it left me feeling obligated to do laundry. As I was doing laundry outside, my fan flipped a folder of my students’ tests over inside, and papers were now covering my floor. I also managed to take a chunk of skin out of my index finger while scrubbing a towel in the pila. 

It is now four o’clock, and I’m honestly surprised at how much I got accomplished today. I didn’t think I would get too much done, but God helped me through it.

I think God was just trying to make me laugh. Reminding me that life is too short to be worried or stressed. To enjoy every moment.

I decided to stay for many reasons, but today I add another one. To make memories. I’m not sure I’m ever going to get the chance to live in a developing country for 3 months again. I want to be able to tell my children someday about this adventure, the things that God taught me and the ridiculous things that happened (like practically flooding my apartment building).

Days like this are going to happen in life, and it is so important to remember to continue to praise God anyways. It’s not easy, but it sure is humbling.

It’s going to be a challenge to stay here, and I am so blessed to have some very special friends who support me and are wanting to be here for me no matter what.

Worst case scenario is that these next two months are miserable, which once it’s over, it’s over. (and I truly don’t think they will be miserable).  At least I can truly know that this isn’t what God has for me.

Most days leave me exhausted, but each morning I am renewed in Christ. He reminds me of His promises and blessings throughout the day and keeps me going.

If you think to, please send a prayer to heaven for me. Each one is much appreciated.

I hope you have a very blessed day!